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Posted By Staff Writer On Thursday, September 13th, 2012 With 0 Comments

ep Guardiola ended a brilliant four-year spell as coach of with another trophy, beating 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid.

Guardiola took over in 2008 and won his first trophy in the Final, beating Athletic Bilbao 4-1, so it was all the more special for Barca to beat Athletic again and they did by scoring three goalsin a brilliant opening 25 minutes.

The Catalans started well and seem more lively following a break after the last league game of the season a week and a half ago, Pedro was looking extremely lively and with a point to prove to Spanish national coach, Vicente Del Bosque, he fired in the opener on three minutes.

Xavi’s corner kick was flicked on by the excellent Gerard Pique and Pedro slipped the ball under Athletic keeper Gorka Iraizoz.

Then, on the 20 minute mark Lionel Messi scored his 73rd goal of what has been a spell binding season, the Argentine forward was found by Andres Iniesta’s genius pass and instead of using his customry left foot, Messi hammered the ball in with his right.

Moments later and the game was all but dead as Pedro picked the ball up on the edge of the area and placed a low left-footed drive past Iraizoz.

Athletic did have a claim for a penalty on the half-hour mark when Fernando Llorente felt he had been pulled back by Pique, however play was waved on and Alexis Sanchez felt harsh done by down the other end after Andoni Iraola tugged his shirt.

The second half was a low key affair with no real clear cut chances for either side, Messi produced some moments of magic, once taking on six or seven Athletic players but failing to beat Iraizoz.

The final whistle went and Athletic’s bid for a first trophy in 28 years ended in disappointment, however their fans stayed to congratulate the team and the Barcelona team.

Pep Guardiola hugged each one of his players aswell as new coach Tito Vilanova, who takes over as from Saturday and Barcelona claimed their 14th trophy in four years.

The Catalans became only the second team in history to win four trophies in a season two years in a row, along with Ajax.



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